October is typically Halloween season on Adventures with Theo, so here is a list of archived posts on the holiday (with many activities annually repeated). I will have a separate list of October 2016 activities (not necessarily Halloween-related) coming soon as well!

Halloween 2015 – Part 1

Halloween 2015 – Part 2

Halloween 2014 – Part 1

Halloween 2014 – Part 2

The ever-popular Halloween Candy Removal Technique.

Theo’s 8th Birthday Party


The theme for Theo’s 8th birthday party was pretty unique. Our local Utah Children’s Theater holds a Shakespeare Festival for kids every year, and this festival happened to occur right at the same time as Theo’s birthday. We had to take advantage!


As part of the theater, they have a private room where you can hold parties. They offered a “Breakfast with Shakespeare” party where they served made-to-order waffles so we had an early morning birthday party!


We baked our own birthday cakes this year — something I hadn’t done since his 1st birthday! We used a regular waffle iron and cooked many layers of cake batter “waffles.” Then we frosted them one on top of the other until they were cake-shaped. We ended up with three different cake flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and funfetti!


After the breakfast/eating waffles portion of the party, the kids were treated to a special abridged Shakespeare performance. It was quite funny and the kids were all well-behaved in their theater seats.

For the party favors, I wanted to emphasize the literary theme of the Shakespeare party, so we gave each child a small notebook and personalized bookmark. It had a great Shakespeare quote, “I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends.” Months later, I was volunteering in Theo’s classroom and saw that one of his classmates was reading a book using his bookmark from the party! I was so happy to see it.

Holiday Activities 2015


Theo mailing his letter to Santa at Macy’s. Instead of writing his wish list, he wrote, “I like the books you give me.” I was so touched by his expression of gratitude. That’s the Christmas spirit!

I know to some people it’s sacrilegious to start celebrating Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving, but we’ve already gone to two Christmas-related events this year! City Creek Center celebrated the arrival of Santa Claus and the Macy’s candy windows reveal on November 19, and this past weekend Theo and I went to see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Capitol Theatre. Before even more events pass us by, here is the annual holiday activity list. It includes some new events and some old favorites. We are so lucky to have so many fun events available for us to enjoy this winter. Happy Holidays to all of our readers!


Drive Through Christmas lights in Kearns

November 27 – January 2


Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

The Light Before Christmas

Clark Planetarium

Daily Showtimes


Paint Like Art Dog at the UMFA

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

December 2



This is the Place Heritage Park

December 3-5


A Midway Christmas

Main Street, Midway, UT

December 4-7


It Happened One Christmas

Pioneer Memorial Theatre

December 4-19


Art Dog

Salt Lake Acting Company

December 4-23


Mini Gingerbread House Building

SLC Library – Chapman Branch

December 5


Village of Lights

The Wonderment

December 10-12


The Nutcracker & Sugar Plum Parties

Ballet West, Capitol Theatre

December 10-27


Wassail & Waffles

Broadway Theatre

December 12


Christmas Carole Sing-Along

Vivint Smart Home Arena

December 14


Las Posadas Celebration

SLC Library – Chapman Branch

December 17


Home Alone

Utah Symphony

December 18-19


Winter Solstice Celebration

Red Butte Gardens

December 19


Here Comes Santa Claus!

Utah Symphony

December 19


Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with the Sesame Street Muppets (2014)

Airing on PBS – KUED 7

December 21 at 8pm and December 24 at 7pm


Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Utah Symphony

December 22-23


EVE Winter Fest

Downtown SLC

December 29-31

November on TV

Nov 2015

Here are some fun theatre shows you and your kids can enjoy this month!

The Road to Broadway” Rowland Hall school musical
Rowland Hall Larimer Center, 843 S. Lincoln Street

November 5, 6, 7 at 7pm
Miss Nelson is Missing” by U of U Youth Theatre
Kingsbury Hall

November 13 at 7pm
November 14 at 11:00am (Sensory-friendly performance)
Capitol Theatre
November 20 at 8pm
November 21 at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
November 22 at 1pm

October on TV – Halloween!


Today we had an extra special edition of Adventures with Theo when Theo himself and our friends, the Burrows family, joined me on TV! We talked about fun Halloween activities for the whole family which referenced this post.

As is the case when you include kids in normally grown-up things, they can add some fun pizazz! I think Jovie knew exactly how to grab the spotlight – she’s a star!


As you can see from Theo’s face, he was more subdued about the whole event, but was very excited to be on TV. He decided at the last minute that he didn’t want to talk but was okay sitting on the couch with us. He told me afterwards that he thought it was nice that they introduced him as Theo from Adventures with Theo, “since it is about things I do with you, mommy!” Glad we can add another fun thing we did together to the list.


Click here to watch the video.

Halloween 2015 – Guest Blogger Aimee’s List


Now that pumpkin spice mania has hit, it is officially the Halloween season! We are treated once again with a visit by a guest blogger, my friend Aimee, who graciously put together a list of fun activities last year. To see a description and more information about the events listed below, visit her blog!

Aimee’s 2015 Family Halloween Activity List

  • Retirement Home Costume Parade
  • Red Butte Garden – Garden After Dark
  • Utah Symphony – A Wizarding Halloween Spooktacular
  • Tracy Aviary – Halloween Hoot
  • Hogle Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
  • Gardner Village – Witchfest
  • Sugarhouse Park – Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta
  • CLAS Ropes Course in Provo – Halloween River Cruise
  • Ogden’s Dinosaur Park – Carnivore Carnival
  • Wheeler Historic Farm – Pumpkin Days and Haybale Maze
  • Thanksgiving Point – Cornbelly’s Corn Maze

Theo’s 7th Birthday Party


For Theo’s 7th birthday party, we had a repeat location: the Natural History Museum of Utah! They have a variety of different themes for different age groups, so this year Theo was eligible for their science lab themed party. It was held in the same room as the party he had for his 4th birthday, and hosted by fun museum staff.


All the kids got to wear lab coats and goggles while they learned about various science experiments. There were several different stations set up and the kids were kept busy!


We had our traditional Costco cake, with additional decorations provided by my good friend who made special fondant science accessories. I thought they really looked great!


The favors were provided by the museum, but I couldn’t help but science-ify the water bottles that we provided for drinks. The chemical composition of its contents went on the label. I’m always happy when I can add a little educational component to the party.



Holiday Kids List – 2014

Santa’s Arrival at City Creek Mall
Enjoy the Annual Holiday Kids Activity list for 2014!
Theo and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

The Light Before Christmas

Date/Time: Ongoing, various times
Location/Sponsor: Clark Planetarium (110 South 400 West)
Cost: Adults $9, Children & Matinees before 5:00pm $7
Date/Time: Saturday, November 29, 1:00pm and 6:00pm; Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 & 2, 6:00pm
Location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West Broadway)
Cost: $20
Sponsor: The Children’s Ballet Theatre

Home for the Holidays Open House & Service Project
Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 3:00 to 7:00pm
Location: YWCA (322 East 300 South)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: YWCA Utah

Christkindlmarkt SLC
Date/Time: Thursday Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11:00am to 8:00pm
Location: This is the Place (2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: This is the Place Heritage Park

The Night Before Christmas
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:00pm; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm

Location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West Broadway)
Cost: $12
Sponsor: Ballet Jeunesse & Salt Lake Dance Center
Date/Time: December 5-20, various times
Location/Sponsor: Pioneer Memorial Theatre (300 South 1400 East)
Cost: $54-$59
(Note: Recommended for ages 10+)
Date/Time: December 5-27, various times
Location/Sponsor: Salt Lake Acting Company (168 West 500 North)
Cost: Adults $25, Kids $15
Date/Time: December 5-31, various times
Location: Capitol Theatre (50 West 200 South)
Cost: $29-$84
Sponsor: Ballet West
Sugar Plum Party (following 2:00pm matinee performances of The Nutcracker)
Cost: $10
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00am
Location: The City Library (210 East 400 South)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Utah Film Center

“Frozen” Sing Along Fun
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2:30pm
Location: The City Library (210 East 400 South)

Cost: Free
Sponsor: Salt Lake City Public Library
Date/Time: December 6-24, various times
Location/Sponsor: Hale Center Theater (3333 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City)
Cost: Adults $29-$32, Children (5-11) $16
(Note: Ages 5+)
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm
Location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West Broadway)
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Octappella Entertainment
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10:00am
Location: Broadway Theatre (111 East 300 South)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Salt Lake Film Society

Here Comes Santa Claus!
Date/Time: Saturday, December 13; 11:00am and 12:30pm
Location: Abravanel Hall (123 West South Temple)
Cost: $6-$18
Sponsor: Utah Symphony

Christmas Carole Sing-Along
Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:00pm
Location: Energy Solutions Arena (301 W. South Temple)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Larry H. Miller Family and Robert C. Bowden

Winter Solstice
Date/Time: Saturday, December 20; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Children’s Garden, Red Butte Gardens

Free for Members

Non-members get half-price Admission in Dec, Jan and Feb
Adults (ages 18-64): $5
Seniors (ages 65+): $4
Military w/ID: $4
Children (ages 3-17): $3
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $4
Sponsor: Red Butte Gardens
Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30pm
Location: LDS Chapel (951 East 100 South)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: The Salt Lake Children’s Choir
Date/Time: Dec. 24 and 25, Time TBA – Check link for updates
Location: Tower Theatre (876 East 900 South)
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Salt Lake Film Society

Pupcracker – A Canine Nutcracker
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7:30pm; Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2:30pm
Location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West Broadway)
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Intermountain Therapy Animals

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 29-31, various times
Location: Various downtown locations
Cost: 3-Day Pass: Adults (10+) $20, Children (3-9) $15
Sponsor: Downtown Alliance

November on TV – Voting and The Children’s Center

Tomorrow is Election Day! Remember to vote and bring your kids along! Here is my post about  Election Day with more info on registering and finding your polling place.

Also, check out this great lecture series being offered by The Children’s Center this month and throughout the next few months.

Get in the holiday spirit by taking your family to the Santa Claus and Friends Holiday Special concert on November 15, 2014. There are two shows (one matinee and one evening) with different prices and different activities included. This show is sponsored by The Children’s Center as well.

Click to watch the video here.